Welfare Reform Bill

AMENDMENTS
TO BE MOVED
IN GRAND COMMITTEE
[Supplementary to the Fourth Marshalled List]

Clause 14

LORD SKELMERSDALE

51CB*

Page 6, line 24, leave out from “prepared” to end of line 25 and insert “on behalf of the Secretary of State by an officer who is specifically trained according to prescribed regulations and whose performance is regularly monitored”

51CC*

Page 6, line 26, leave out from “commitment” to end and insert “may be reviewed and updated by an officer of the Secretary of State in conjunction with the claimant”

Clause 44

LORD SKELMERSDALE

71C*

Page 21, line 17, at end insert “who is specifically trained according to prescribed regulations and whose performance is regularly monitored”

71D*

Page 21, line 18, at end insert “in conjunction with the claimant”

Clause 78

LORD TOUHIG

BARONESS HEALY OF PRIMROSE HILL

LORD WIGLEY

86ZA*

Page 57, line 7, after “consultation” insert “except persons exempted under subsection (4)(d)”

86ZB*

Page 57, line 17, at end insert—

“(d) exempting certain categories of people from any requirement made under section 78 (4)(c) to participate in such a consultation, where sufficient medical and other expert evidence from a relevant care professional is available to determined the questions set out in subsections (1) and (2).”

Clause 85

LORD TOUHIG

BARONESS HEALY OF PRIMROSE HILL

LORD WIGLEY

86F*

Page 60, line 11, leave out subsection (3) and insert—

“(3) Regulations shall prescribe the considerations to be taken into account in deciding whether a fixed-term award would be appropriate.”

86G*

Page 60, line 12, at end insert—

“(3A) Regulations shall provide that a fixed-term award would not be deemed ‘appropriate’ where sufficient medical or other expert evidence from a relevant care professional indicated that the claimant has a lifelong condition or disability of a degenerative nature that means the claimant is likely to meet the requirements of section 76 (1) or section 78 (1), as appropriate, indefinitely.”

Clause 93

THE LORD BISHOP OF RIPON AND LEEDS

99ZA*

Page 62, line 16, after “couple” insert “or family with children”

99ZB*

Page 62, line 19, after “benefits,” insert “with the exclusion of child benefit”

99ABA*

Page 63, line 1, leave out subsections (6) and (7) and insert—

“(6) The amount specified under subsection (5) is to be determined by reference to estimated average income.

(7) In this section “estimated average income” means the amount which, in the opinion of the Secretary of State, represents at any time the average weekly income of a relevant working household in Great Britain, including receipt of benefits and tax credits, and after deductions in respect of tax and national insurance contributions.”

99ABB*

Page 63, line 3, leave out subsection (7) and insert—

“(7) In this section—

(a) “estimated average earnings” means the amount which, in the opinion of the Secretary of State, represents at any time the average weekly earnings of a relevant working household in Great Britain, after deductions in respect of tax and national insurance contributions;

(b) a “relevant working household” refers to a household of “a family with children” working 16 hours or more per week, when assessing the level of the cap for families with children.”

99ABC*

Page 63, line 7, leave out subsections (8) and insert—

“(8) Such earnings will be estimated according to mean earnings estimates.”

99C*

Page 63, line 27, at end insert—

“(12) Exemptions to the benefit cap will be made for households—

(a) where one or more members is in receipt of disability living allowance;

(b) where one or more members of the household is a war widow;

(c) where the household has left employment within the last 12 months;

(d) where the household is unable to move into work as a result of being unable to make work pay;

(e) where the household is working more than 16 hours per week in total;

(f) where the household contains a lone parent with a child under the age of 5;

(g) where the household includes a “family and friends” carer.”

Prepared 13th October 2011